Bob Dylan

Laurence Coupe’s Bob Dylan: Heading Out for the Western Skies will examine themes of myth, time and place in a body of songs that now spans five decades, from ‘Talking New York’ on 1962’s Bob Dylan to the songs of later albums such as Time Out of Mind (1997) reading Dylan’s work as a renewal, revision and interrogation of traditional narratives which have given shape and significance to American experience.

It will draw on ideas about the nature and origin of such narratives to understand what makes Dylan the most comprehensively mythic songwriter of the past century.

Laurence Coupe is Senior Lecturer in Englist at Manchester Metropolitan University. Laurence’s other books include Myth (1997), Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song (2007), Kenneth Burke on Myth (2005), Marina Warner (2006), and The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism (2000).

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By John Scanlan

John Scanlan is the Series Editor of Reverb with Reaktion Books.